Miami University Equestrian

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IHSA Mock Show

This past weekend MUET rider’s participated in a mock IHSA show held here on our own turf.  Judge Skip Thornberry “R”  judged each class before giving feedback to the riders and allowing them to redo their ride. This was a wonderful opportunity for both new and returning IHSA members. New members learned the ropes and what is expected of them at IHSA shows, while returning members were given the chance to sharpen their skills before our first Hunt Seat show hosted by Ohio State on October 4th and 5th.

A few of the participants pose between classes

A few of the participants pose between classes

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Miami horses Caper and Twix came out with their game faces on, as they both won all of their classes.

Caper and Sydney Lewis show off their blues

Caper and Sydney Lewis show off their blues

Congratulations to all on a wonderful day!! MUET cannot wait to start the show season!

MUET Dressage Takes on Walnut Creek

Hi everyone,

Small introduction, some of you may know me and some of you may not.  My name is Tom Schoen and I have been at the MUET stables since the fall of 2009.  I rode on the team all four years, worked as a student staff, and now am in my second year as an instructional intern!  I just thought it’d be fun to give Jackie a break this week from the blog.

The MUET Dressage Team brought me along to trailer and help Coach Carmack throughout the day.

The MUET Dressage Team brought me along to trailer and help Coach Carmack throughout the day. From back to front: Tom Schoen, Jeanna-Rae Schaeper, and Elizabeth Foster.

Coach Lindsey Carmack and eight riders of MUET’s dressage team took a short trailer ride over to Walnut Creek Stables for an open dressage show last weekend.  Representing in classes from Intro to First Level, they had a mission to start the semester off with a bang and show everyone what they were made of.  This was the dressage team’s first appearance at an open show, outside of the Intercollegiate Dressage Association (IDA).  Both horses and riders were eager to make history.

MUET and their horses enjoy some time under the sun.

MUET and their horses enjoy some time under the sun.

Representing the team in the intro division was rider Elizabeth Foster and  Art I Bold, aka Butch.  This was Elizabeth’s first dressage show ever and Butch’s first dressage show outside of the IDA.  Together they earned a 53.056% in Intro Level Test B and a 67.5% in Intro Level Test C earning the dynamic duo a blue ribbon!

MUET had massive representation in the Training division!  Let’s take it one at a time:

Senior, and dressage team captain, Katie Forrester, showed our bay mare, Sangiovese, aka Lexie.  This duo rocked it out in Training Level Test 1 and 3, scoring 66% and 64.6% respectively which carried them to a first and fourth place finish!

Blues for days

“Blues for Days!” Elizabeth Foster (left) and Katie Forester (right) show off their blues with Lexi posing in between!

Everyone’s favorite Miami chestnut, Copy Cat, aka Cody and Miami Senior Kathi Ropers earned a 59.4% in Training Level Test 1 to receive a sixth place ribbon!  In Training Level Test 3, the pair brought the heat and scored a 62.6%!

Cody and Kathi Ropers halt and salute at the end of their test.

Cody and Kathi Ropers halt and salute at the end of their test.

A newcomer to MUET, Millennium Max, aka Max owned by Jennifer Southworth, was competed by sophomore Natalie Davis.  In Training Level Test 1 the duo earned a 62.29%, which secured them with a third place.  In training Level Test 2, the team bumped it up and received a 65.53%, locking in yet another third!

Good Max

Natalie Davis aboard Max, showing just how cute he really is!

Team secretary, Amy Fleitz, brought her soul mate Belissimo, aka Bailey.  The pair earned a 61.2% in Training Level Test 3. Amy leased Bailey this summer and the pair worked hard all summer in their weekly lessons.

Amy Fleitz and Bailey. The definition of True Love.

Kirsten Drew and the near Breyer Horse model, Take One, aka Uno split their two rides between Training Level Test 3, earning a 63.9% and First Level Test 1, earning a 62.8%.  Uno stepped up to the plate moving from the jumper to the dressage ring and earned a 5th and a 4th respectively!

Uno watching his friendly competition, Thor, during the First Level Test.

Uno watching his friendly competition, Thor, during the First Level Test.

Sophomore Kelsey Poleyeff and her steed Rominee Ros, aka Tanner brought their game faces.  In Training Level Test 2, the pair rode for the blue and received it with an amazing score of 67.5%.  Kelsey and Tanner didn’t let up there; in their Training Level Test 3, a score of 65.2% gave them a third place!

Kelsey and Tanner posing for the camera.

Kelsey Poleyeff and Tanner posing for the camera.

Jeana Rae Schaeper, team Treasurer, rode the god of thunder turned college kid, Thorwald, aka Thor.  Thor spent the summer in the jumper ring with MUET sophomore Kayla Akers and by his performance at his very first open dressage show this past weekend, he proved he is a talented, multi-faceted horse show connoisseur.  The judge fell in love with the Jeana-Rae/ Thor combo in Training Level Test 3; they earned a whopping 70% earning the blue!  In First Level Test 1, the competition rose, but Jeana-Rae and Thor didn’t let up, earning a 68.2% and yet another blue!

Jeana-Rae Schaeper and Thor have their game faces on!

Jeana-Rae Schaeper and Thor have their game faces on!

Let’s do some math… These girls and their faithful mounts represented Miami in Intro Level Test C, Training Level Test 1, Training Level Test 2, Training Level Test 3, and First Level Test 1.  In every single one of these classes, which consisted of ten to seventeen horses per class, a Miami rider earned the blue!  Congratulations to Coach Lindsey Carmack, her students, and Miami’s horses on an astounding performance at the Walnut Creek open dressage show.

MUET took over Equivents

Last weekend five Miami riders, one student staff and three Autumn Rose riders came together for an awesome weekend at Equivents Outdoor Series in Marysville, OH. Miami horses Paris, Butterfly, Caper, Twix, Toby, Thor and Jack made the trip to Columbus well worth it.

Kayla, Jackie, Rachel and Julia

Kayla, Jackie, Rachel and Julia

Paristar made the move up to the Baby Green Hunters this time around and she certainly seemed to like it. Jackie and Paris received a 6th place over fences out of a respectable 15 in the class.

Junior Julia Prus showed Butterfly in the Intermediate Adult Hunter where they received a 2nd and 5th over fences, a 3rd in the eq on the flat and a 4th in the hunter under saddle.

Julia and Butterfly

Julia and Butterfly

Senior Abby Postle showed Caper (Constellation) in the Adult Hunters over the weekend. Abby and Caper received 9th in the Pro/Am Classic along with multiple 3rd’s and 4th’s in the Adult Hunters.

Abby and Caper

Abby and Caper

Student staff and Otterbein rider, Liz Ector, shared one of Miami’s newer additions, Twix, with Autumn Rose rider Taylor. Liz and Twix came home with two 4th’s, a 5th and a 2nd jumping, along with a 3rd in the under saddle in the Limit Rider. Taylor and Twix placed 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the crossrails division as well.

Liz and Twix waiting for the hack

Liz and Twix waiting for the hack

Junior Rachel McConnell showed Toby (Woodford Reserve) in the Adult Hunter division alongside Abby and Caper. Rachel rode Toby to a 1st, 2nd and a few 4th’s. The pair was named Reserve Champion for the weekend!

Rachel and Toby

Rachel and Toby

Senior Kayla Aker’s rode Thor (Thorwald) in the Adult Jumpers and the Adult equitation over the weekend. Moving up to the 3’6 was no big deal for the pair as they brought home a 2nd in the medium schooling on Friday, a 7th in the first adult class, a 2nd in the power and speed and then 3rd in the classic. On Sunday, they were 3rd in the Ariat, 2nd in the Eq over fences, and 1st in Eq on the flat.

Thor dabbles in the Equitation

Thor dabbles in the Equitation

Thorwald

Thorwald

Autumn Rose riders Chloe and Reagan Showed Jack in the Crossrails and Limit Rider division. Chloe and Jack Received many 1st place ribbons along with taking home the Champion ribbon for the weekend. Reagan and Jack took home many 3rd’s and 4th’s as well.

Just Jack

Just Jack

Chloe sporting her ribbons

Chloe sporting her ribbons

Congratulations to all on another wonderful weekend horse showing!!

Kentucky Summer Series

The first week of the Kentucky Summer Series held at the horse park in Lexington was quite a success. Miami horses Caper, Thor and Butterfly joined riders Allie Shea, Julia Prus, Kayla Akers and Ashley Dowler for a wonderful week.
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Constellation (Caper) was shared by Allie and Julia who showed him in the Pre and Intermediate Adults. Caper proved that he loves the show life as Julia won a fences class on him and Allie brought home a second and third as well. Congrats to both girls on a wonderful job!

Julia and Caper

Julia and Caper

 

Allie and Caper

Allie and Caper

Thorwald (Thor) spent the majority of his time in the jumper ring as usual. The first day Kayla and Thor were one of only a few riders to go clean and under the time in their schooling trip. On their last day together, the two debuted in the equitation ring in the Ariat Medal.

Kayla and Thor before the Ariat

Kayla and Thor before the Ariat

Butterfly strutted her stuff like usual. Ashley entered Butterfly in the Intermediate Adult division where they finished up with a second and multiple fourths along with a third in the flat class.

Ashley and Butterfly

Ashley and Butterfly

Allie Stuckey met fellow Miamians at the horse park with her own horse Amore’s Encore (CJ). Allie and CJ competed in the regular Adult division and the Ariat medal as well. The two did wonderfully all weekend long.

Allie and CJ

Allie and CJ

Congratulations to all on a wonderful week!

Lindsey Gets Her Bronze

Dressage coach Lindsey Carmack has officially received her Bronze medal! Two weekends ago, Lindsey and Dan traveled to the Delaware County Fair Grounds where they competed on Saturday and Sunday in Second and Third Level tests.

Danny halt

Saturday:
Second level test 2- 61%  1st place
Third Level test 3- 68%- 2nd place out of 15
Sunday:
Second Level test 2- 70%
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The Summer is Winding Down

As the school year is fast approaching, many things are happening around the barn. Last week head coach Heather Pinnick hosted six hunt seat riders from the Autumn Rose IEA team in Columbus, OH. Each rider participated in the three day camp where they focused on horse show preparation. Flat lessons were held in the mornings and fences lessons in the afternoon. The students also learned about confirmation, different types of equipment and bandaging.

 

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Autumn Rose Campers

Alongside the Autumn Rose campers, we finished up week three of four of our annual beginner horseback riding summer camp. The ten campers who ranged from eight to twelve years old learned the basics of riding and caring for a horse. At the end of the week, they showed off their skills by painting the parts of the horse on our own trusty steed, Bailey! We are currently in the swing of our last and final week of summer camp 2014!

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Bailey showing off his new look!

 

 

 

Weekend at David’s

This past weekend Miami riders Kayla Akers, Stephen George, Tom Schoen and Jackie Yeager traveled to David Beisel Stables in Goshen, OH with head coach Heather Pinnick.  Miami’s noble steeds Thor, Jack, Caper, Toby and Paris accompanied these avid MUET’ers for a wonderful horse show weekend filled with many accomplishments.

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Kayla and Thor debuted in their first show together in the jumper ring. The two tested the waters in the Childrens/Adult Jumpers, bringing home a 5th and 7th the first day. On day two the pair brought their A game with two 3rd’s and a 1st place in the Mini Prix! Go Kayla and Thor!

He may be big but he can still turn

He may be big but he can still turn

Its all about the matching

Its all about the matching 

Paris acted like the show life was what she was made for. Jackie rode the baby in the Beginner Horse division where they brought home two 1sts and a 3rd the first day and a 2nd and a 3rd on Sunday. Overall the pair was named Champion of the Beginner Horse division for the weekend.

 

Paristar

Paristar

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Miami’s newest addition Toby (Woodford Reserve) competed in the Special Hunter division with Jackie as well. The two ended up claiming a 2nd and a 3rd along with a 3rd in the 1,000 CWD Hunter Classic on Sunday.  What a good boy, Toby!

Jackie and Toby

Jackie and Toby

Such a good boy!

Such a good boy!

Tom Schoen and Caper (Constellation) competed in the Limit division while  fellow Miami rider Stephen George moved up to the Beginner Rider division. Tom and Caper got a 1st in the hack and two 5th’s and 6th’s over fences. Stephen and Jack (Just Jack) received 5th’s across the board and a 6th in the hack. Congratulations boys!

Tom and Caper

Tom and Caper

Stephen and Jack

Stephen and Jack

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Summer Camp

Summer is officially in full swing! This year, Miami University is hosting four weeks of on-site half day summer camp in addition to helping out with the riding section of YMCA Camp Campbell Gard’s summer camp. At both locations the campers are learning the parts of the horse, how to properly care for the horses and basic riding in both Hunt Seat and Western tack.

Camp Campbell Gaurd

Camp Campbell Gard

Camp Campbell Gard’s half day camp is run by Miami’s own Western coach Beth Akers and Amanda Wasser, while the full day/overnight camp is headed by Tom Schoen and Danielle Hume. According to Tom, the different cabins create cheers each week before they head to each meal to see who gets to be first in line for their food. The groups are able to earn spirit points that can accumulate to an ice cream social. Horse camp has won this challenge the past two weeks by turning popular pop songs into songs about the horses and camp!
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On our home turf Jackie Yeager and Liz Ector have been teaching  young campers everything there is to know about horses. Some of the weeks activities included a scavenger hunts for different colors and markings on horses in the barn, demonstration by the farrier, and painted the parts of the horse on Bailey. At the end of the week the campers showed off their new riding skills to their parents as they trotted around the ring, went over poles and negotiated through cones.
Bailey loved all the attention

Bailey loved all the attention

Up next, Miami will host two more weeks of half day summer camp July 14-18 and July 21-25!

MUET Alumni Turned Intern

As the years go by and interns move on, the equestrian staff is left finding yet another wonderful addition to our MUET family. This year, I am happy to say that I, Jackie Yeager,  have accepted the position as the new equestrian intern.  After being a part of MUET for four years and having competed in the IHSA all four years, I found myself not wanting to leave.

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In case you haven’t already met me, I have been riding for the past seventeen years and competed in the AA and A circuit throughout Oklahoma and Tennessee. During this time, I spent the majority of my time in the hunter ring with the occasional medals before I moved onto the jumpers. When it came time to deciding where I was going to attend college, I followed both of my older sisters footsteps and choose Miami University simply because of the familiarity that I already had with the team and the coaches.

2013 IHSA Nationals

2013 IHSA Nationals

Throughout my college career here at Miami, I had many wonderful opportunities. I competed in Intermediate fences before moving up to the Open fences division ,while also competing in the Open flat division all four years.  I was honored to represent Miami University at IHSA Nationals in 2013 and 2014 in the Intermediate Equitation Over Fences as well as the Collegiate Cup Open Equitation Over Fences.

2014 IHSA Nationals

2014 IHSA Nationals

As part of my position as the equestrian intern, it is now my job to continually keep our blog up to date. I will be keeping  everyone informed on what is happening at the barn, at off site horse shows and add updated team information as the school year approaches. I cannot wait to meet our newest Redhawks in August!

Lindsey Does It Again

This past weekend, Miami’s own Lindsey Carmack traveled to Majestic Farm in  Batavia, OH where she and Danny (owned by Emily Gillispie)  competed in Second and Third Level Tests in hopes to obtain scores towards a USDF Bronze Rider Medal.  A Bronze Medal is the first award given by the USDF to recognize consistency and accomplishment at the Training, First and Second Levels. This is often achieved over many years as well as aboard many different horses.

Lindsey and Danny

Lindsey and Danny

On Saturday, Lindsey and Danny scored a 64% in their Third Level Test and a 71% in their Second Level Test. Lindsey was named the Second Level High Point Rider of the day. Sunday was not much different. Once again, Lindsey rode to the top scoring another 71% in her Second Level Test which ultimately allowed for another Second Level High Point Rider of the day title. What a wonderful and hard working pair. Congratulations Lindsey!

Danny knows he's a superstar

Danny knows he’s a superstar

When asked about the weekend Lindsey stated that “Everyone loved Danny. They kept commenting on his coloring and asking about his breed”. This talented Leopard Appaloosa definitely stands out anywhere he goes!

So what comes next? Lindsey currently has two of the four necessary scores for obtaining her Bronze Medal. The two final necessary scores will be completed at an upcoming USDF show. The pair will soon be heading to Delaware, OH on July 12th, where they will be competing in Third Level Tests 2 and 3, along with Second Level Test 2.  We are all wishing Lindsey and Danny good luck at their next horse show!

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